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1

Beguile

To influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; to mislead

In 2000, mortgage lenders beguiled a number of individuals into buying houses they could I'll afford by offering misleading lending terms

2

Belie

To give a false impression of, to misrepresent

Gabriella's seeming clumsiness belied her true grace as a dancer

3

Bellicose

Belligerent, pugnacious, warlike

The bully's bellicose demeanor hid a tender side, but he was too busy getting into fights to reveal it

4

Benign

Favorable, harmless

The pictures taken of the millionaire in the years before his death show a curmudgeonly scowl, but the ones taken of him as a young man show him beaming with a gentle and benign expression.

5

Bent

Leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency

Puck was notorious for his mischievous bent; wherever there was trouble to be stirred up, he was certain to he found

6

Blandish

To coax with flattery, toady or fawn

The minister was famous for his ability to blandish his way from obscurity to vicarious power; it seemed as if every ruler was receptive to bootlicking

7

Blithe

Carefree, merry

Stephanie's blithe disregard for what get peers might think made her the perfect hero for a clever yet moving coming-of-age teen movie

8

Boisterous

Loud, noisy, rough, lacking restraint

After a while, our neighbors became reconciled to our boisterous weekend gatherings, even joining us on occasion; the rest of the time they were probably wearing earplugs

9

Bolster

To provide support or reinforcement

He hoped his frequent references to legal theory would bolster his argument, but all they did was make him seem pompous

10

Bombastic

Pompous, grandiloquent

The self-important leader's speech was so bombastic that even his most loyal followers were rolling their eyes, and no one else could even figure out what he was talking about

Bombast is self-important or pompous writing or speech

11

Bedizen

To adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, caparison

The speakeasy was bedizened with every manner of tawdry decoration